Printers - The symbol of slavery

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Several decades have passed since the events of this story. Now have great libre software that makes life easier for everyone like compiler, Linux, debuggers etc. Which changed the world forever. What has changed in printers during this time? Absolutely nothing. They still have the same problems as at the beginning. You may be tempted to say that not only do they still have them, but the defective list is still growing.

Razor and blade model

Give printer, sell inks.

  1. It's most expensive liquid in the world, right behind, insulin or mercury.[1] Official narration is ink is expensive because ink technology is expensive [2] Despite HP spending $1 billion annually on ink research and development, though, he argues that very little is actually improving. In actually, the cost of production is very low[3], which is why a lot is earned on it, which is why blocking other toner suppliers is so important for manufacturers.
  2. The ink cartridge chip telling the printer to stop working as soon as one color has run out (even if the other colors are still full). HP it lost to 3 class action lawsuits in 2010.[HP 1]
  3. Printers using the color cyan even when printing in just black and white. Official narration says about "purer black"[4]. HP also lost the lawsuit for this reason.[HP 1].
  4. The ink cartridge chip sending false low ink notifications to your printer. Official narration is "monitor of the quality of the ink, The chip lets you know when your printer is running low on a particular color and can facilitate firmware updates to improve performance".[HP 1].[5][6]
  5. Blocking customers from refilling cartridges with their own ink or making their own repairs. [7] In September 2018, HP lost a class action lawsuit where plaintiffs claim HP printer firmware updates caused fake error messages upon using third party ink cartridges. HP settled the case with $1.5 million.[8] In 2018, Epson was filed a class action complaint for printer firmware updates that prevent printer operation upon detection of third party cartridge[9]
  6. The volume of ink in printer cartridges has also shrunk over time[10]
  7. The inability to refill an ink cartridge in a printer.[11]

Defective by design

  1. The printer with an integrated stapler, doesn't allow use stapler if you don't use special paper [12]
  2. Planned obsolescence - In 2017, Halte Obsolescence Programme (HOP) - End Planned Obsolescence - filed a lawsuit and won against Brother, Canon, Epson, HP and other companies for intentionally shortening product lifespans - inkjet printers and ink cartridges included. The companies were fined $10,000.[13][14]
  3. Unreliable wireless
  4. Drivers issues
  5. Poor user interface
  6. Canon sued for disabling scanner when printers run out of ink[15]
  7. In the old days of printers, they **printed** the troubleshoot manual [16]


  1. Each modification internal components cause will void your warranty